Monday, August 27, 2007

Farewell my friend

I was all set to update my blog, with some observations from my vacation on how switching off is really important to your health AND your business.

Little did I know that hours after writing the piece, I would learn that a friend and colleague had died. Further emphasizing to me, that we all have to live for the moment as who knows what tomorrow will bring.

I can’t say Val’s death was unexpected, it wasn’t. She’d been waging her own war against breast cancer for four years now but I guess I thought and selfishly hoped she had longer.

Last year she participated on our team for the Weekend to End Breast Cancer and although she was by this time walking with a cane, she was bound and determined to be with us as much as she could. In fact there were times when we were concerned that she was doing too much, but such was her tenacity that she walked much further than any of us thought possible. What I remember most was her smiling face, glowing with pride as we walked over the finish line.

Val, we will miss you. None of us are walking this year, but next year, the Chicks out Walking team will be back in force, and thinking of you every step of the way as we raise funds in your memory.

1 comment:

Betty Lou said...

My mom was recently diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. That was Aug.27th. I don't know if she is going to make it to next Wednesday. She is 85 but a tremendous inspiration to me and taught me all about courage, love of life and stamina and persistence. She had just recently stopped golfing and attending her twice weekly aquabics course. I miss my mom terribly already as she is not able to call as she used to but I know that I will always carry her in my heart and that will inspire me to do great things.
Peace and prayer to all who are struggling with the pain of cancer or supporting someone with cancer.
Betty Lou Reynols